Naming ceremonies are often held instead of a christening or baptism or in addition to one. They are a great alternative for families who aren't religious but still want to celebrate the birth of their children and connect them into their community.
You can hold your ceremony at home, a venue, park or beach. If holding your ceremony at a park or beach, check with your local council about bookings.
You can also hold a naming ceremony if you are an adult adopting a new name. This is a great way of formalising the change and getting buy-in from friends and family for your new name.
Thank you so much for your service. Everyone commented on how beautiful it was and we all think you did a fantastic job. I appreciate it so much that you made the trip out here and back just to do the service. It really was wonderful. You made everything we wanted happen. It was a perfect day thanks to you and your hard work.
TJ and Peter
Adrian loved the poem and your words about father and daughter. I loved how you included my mother. Everything you did and said was perfect. I would highly recommend you to anyone. You were wonderful. Marlee, you are wonderful at what you do. Your kind words and help from the beginning were great. I would like to thank you for all your help in making our children’s naming day special. Everyone at the service commented on how lovely it was. Thank you so much, Marlee.
Darlene and Adrian
Thank you so much for yesterday. It was a wonderful naming ceremony. Everyone commented on how beautiful it was and what a great job you did!! Brian and I are very grateful for all the hard work that you put into it - it turned out to be a beautiful day. Just wanted to thank you again!! Best Wishes
Brian and Kelly
The whole ceremony was a highlight. Marlee is a wonderful caring lady who conducts her role as a celebrant wonderfully. She is very easy to talk to and more than prepared to accommodate all wants and needs. AAA+
Wayne and Carroll
I just wanted to thank you again for Sunday. It really was beautiful, we had so many comments and I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who needs a celebrant in the future.
Ali and Dallas
Thank you for a beautiful Naming Ceremony for our children. It truly was a magical experience, almost dream like. When I was planning this ceremony a lot of people queried why I was doing this, I explained to them then that the ceremony is actually a way of introducing the Guardians of a child, to explain the meaning of the names and why that name was chosen and that I personally wanted both of my children to be named on the same day as a bonding for them. Because some many people queried me, I started to question the importance of the ceremony for us and why we felt we should be doing this. Our original supporting beliefs were cemented when the ceremony started. This was truly a moving experience. I believe you moved many people that day with the beauty of the ceremony and the words you spoke. I know the grandparents and the great grandparent loved the certificates you presented them with. I remember looking around during the service and noticed many misty eyes. After the ceremony was complete many of the people who were not sure about the meaning of the day originally, told me how much they enjoyed it and you could see the glint in their eyes as though they had been touched by something that only a truly inspiring moment leaves you with. Once again, we thank you….
Sue and John
What do you charge for a naming ceremony?
This depends on how many children are included, location and travel costs and what you need me to supply. I can give you a quote based on your requirements when you contact me.
Can an adult have a naming ceremony?
Yes. If you are making a change to your name, this can be a great way of getting your family and friends to acknowledge and adopt your new name.
This ceremony included a special ritual using rose petals and water